Jason Kehl has been climbing for over 13 years and an artist for just as long. Climbing has always been a good creative outlet and his vagabond lifestyle and penchant for danger have fueled his adventures over the years. Jason's evolvement in the climbing world reflects theses ideas and he is willing to share them with whoever is willing to listen.
A pro climber that has been living on the road for the past 10 years, Jason always seems to find adventure. His highballing escapades have been well documented, including some amazing first ascents like- Evilution in Bishop, Ca and becoming the first person to solo 5.14d with his boulder ascent of The Fly in Rumney New Hampshire. You can also see what he is up to via his website www.cryptochild.com.
Friday the 13th 2009 A great day for self-reflection. I am hiding out close to the coordinates: 31°54'25.72"N 106°02'14.34"W. The snowy high alpine conditions of Colorado are behind me now, searching for a dryer place, a familiar place that I can still get lost in its vastness. My calluses have slowly started to come back and the pain of bone on rock is dissolving away all of my pain.
My dreams of running around in blue and red superman tighty whiteys were crushed last season by injury, but that phase is coming to an end and I'm excited for what is to come, and go. Change is necessary for my survival, good or bad and its my choice which direction to take. The path of least resistance is not always the answer, pushing it just a little over the line is what makes me feel alive. Staying true to my own theories and vision is something I have always strived for in my climbing and art. Reaching an endpoint can be impossible, because sometimes the answer is the question.
The rock has been calling me for some time now. I think its time to answer. I've polished my shoes every night, waiting for that one moment to come again. Where everything makes sense and even though it would be easier to walk up the backside, the beauty of the line too convincing to resist. Stop and take a breath, savor the moment, they never last forever. Darkness has now turned into sun filled days exploring, in search of what I have been looking for since the beginning.